The Probiotic and Prebiotic Connection

Over the years, The AIM Companies has stressed the importance of good gut bacteria known as probiotics. The latest research is now confirming the significance of prebiotics—types of fiber that good bacteria eat—establishing that these two go hand in hand to improve and maintain good health. AIM offers healthy sources of both: FloraFood probiotics and fit’ n fiber prebiotics.

You and Your Gut Microbiome

All of the microorganisms that make up your gut microbiome (or microbiota) can be thought of as a nurturing and protective army. Your microbiome helps to keep you alive by performing many important duties, such as digesting food, absorbing nutrients, forming short-chain fatty acids (primary nutrient of cells lining the colon), producing vitamins and defending you from disease-causing pathogens.

Many of the pathogens your gut battles against are types of bad bacteria. These bad guys are believed to be factors in the onset of inflammation, obesity and a variety of chronic diseases by overpopulating your microbiome until they are out of balance with your good bacteria.

Consuming probiotics in FloraFood help to keep your gut in a balanced state. And with the latest research showing that probiotics thrive by eating prebiotic fiber that you cannot digest, AIM has a duo of products that supports a balanced microbiome.

FloraFood Probiotics and fit’ n fiber prebiotics

As a source of probiotics, FloraFood contains three types of good bacteria: Lactobacillus gasseri, Bifidobacterium bifidum and Bifidobacterium longum. Each capsule delivers 3 billion good bacteria that back up your nurturing and protective army.

To help feed this army, the fit ’n fiber formula includes three types of prebiotic fiber: acacia, konjac (glucomannan) and guar gum. Each serving delivers a significant amount of food for probiotics: 8 grams of prebiotics to feed FloraFood’s 3 billion good bacteria, helping them to grow and reproduce exponentially to ensure a balanced microbiome.

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Since 1982, The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products like FloraFood and fit ‘n fiber and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

The Good and Bad Bacteria Balance

There’s a bacterial balancing act going on inside your gut microbiome: the microorganisms in your intestinal tract. And you want them to be dominated by good bacteria (probiotics) that keep you healthy.

Overpopulated, bad bacteria can cause bloating, diarrhea, constipation and other bowel disorders as well inhibit the absorption of nutrients that your body needs. When you consider that your digestive system houses over 100 trillion bacteria weighing in at around four pounds, it is vital that the good outweigh the bad.

 Support Your Microbiome with FloraFood and fit ’n fiber

FloraFood provides a supplemental population of probiotics (good bacteria) for your gut microbiome. Each capsule of FloraFood probiotics contains 3 billion colony forming units to help outnumber the bad. And fit ’n fiber delivers prebiotics (food) for those probiotics to thrive and reproduce in your gut, the core of your disease-fighting immune system.

Know Who Your FloraFood Friends Are: Lacto, Bifido & Bifido

So what are the three types of good bacteria found in FloraFood that supplement those in your gut microbiome?

One of the main species of good bacteria that populates your gastrointestinal tract is also in FloraFood: Lactobacillus gasseri. This species creates a variety of organic compounds that inhibit unfriendly bacteria. One of these compounds is lactic acid, which creates an unsuitable intestinal environment for the bad to breed.

Along with the resilience to survive a journey through stomach acid on the way to the intestines, L. gasseri is the stickiest of all lactobacilli when it comes to adhering to intestinal walls, allowing it to effectively colonize and protect you against disease-causing pathogens.

The other two FloraFood friends are some of the very first microbes to colonize the human gastrointestinal tract and belong to the Bifidobacterium species: B. bifidum and B. longum.

These probiotics have been shown to:

  • provide nutrients by breaking down non-digestible, dietary carbohydrates
  • protect against pathogens by competitive exclusion (beating out the bad guys)
  • modulate the immune system
  • confer positive health benefits

Taking Care of Your FloraFood Friends with fit ’n fiber

Research has shown that good bacteria feast on undigested dietary carbohydrates defined as prebiotics, which help them to flourish in gut microbiome.

Fit for probiotic feasting, fit ’n fiber contains three types of prebiotic fiber: acacia, konjac (glucomannan) and guar gum. Each serving delivers 8 grams of prebiotics to feed probiotics, helping good bacteria grow and reproduce exponentially.

To help maintain a healthy balance of bacteria in your microbiome, supplement with FloraFood probiotics and keep them well fed with fit ’n fiber prebiotics.

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Since 1982, The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products like FloraFood and fit ‘n fiber and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

An Overview of the Health Benefits Associated with Probiotics

Basics of Probiotics

Probiotics are living microorganisms that regulate the movement of food through the digestive system and are often used to supplement the treatment of several digestive diseases. Additionally, probiotics help balance intestinal pH and keep unfriendly and unwanted bacteria populations from thriving. Our gut flora does a number of  other beneficial bodily tasks like producing B vitamins, pathogen protection, aiding our immune systems and disarming toxic compounds.  A thriving and healthy gut microbiome can be thrown off kilter by relatively common things: stress, not eating enough fruits and vegetables, artificial sweeteners, antacids, antibiotics, toxins and individual digestion problems. Although probiotic research is still in its infancy, there have been a number of scientific studies that have indicated beneficial results from the regular usage of probiotics.

According to that research, probiotics may relieve some symptoms or show benefits for the following:

  • Infectious diarrhea
  • Traveler’s diarrhea
  • Digestion problems following or caused by antibiotic use
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Intestinal infections
  • Immune system health
  • Protection against yeast infections and urinary tract infections
  • Prevention of atopic eczema
  • Prevention of respiratory infections in children
  • Preventing tooth decay

In the future, scientists plan to study probiotics for these possible uses:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Ethanol-induced liver disease
  • Diabetes treatment
  • Cancer prevention

Sources: American Gastroenterological Association, “Clinical Indications of Probiotics, an Overview,” Clinical Infectious Diseases 

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